• Negation in Colonial Valley Zapotec

    Author(s):
    Carolyn Jane Anderson, Brook Lillehaugen (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Linguistics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Zapotec, negation, syntax, morphology
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/M6SW4R
    Abstract:
    This paper presents an overview of negation in Colonial Valley Zapotec (CVZ) based on a corpus of texts written in Valley Zapotec between 1565 and 1808. There are four negative markers in CVZ, two bound (ya=, qui=) and two free (aca, yaca). Standard negation employs a negative word and an optional clitic, =ti. Understanding the syntax of an historical form of Valley Zapotec allows us to make some observations about related forms in modern Valley Zapotec languages, in particular San Lucas Quiavinı Zapotec (SLQZ). For example, the morpheme =ti, which is required in clausal negation in SLQZ, is not obligatory in any negative constructions in CVZ until around 1800. In Vellon 1808, the youngest text in the corpus, we observe =ti required in one type of clausal negation. This allows us to observe details of the development of the modern Valley Zapotec negation system, including the fact that the remaining changes leading to obligatory =ti in clausal negation in SLQZ must have occurred within the last 200 years.
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